Best cultural events in Dubai

Literature festival, film analysis, art exhibition and more

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Wednesday February 27

Emirates Airlines Festival of Literature 2013
This annual event runs from Tuesday March 5 to Saturday 9, featuring a line-up packed with renowned authors. Tickets can be bought online via the EAIFL website or in person at Kinokuniya at The Dubai Mall until Saturday March 9 and at Dar Al Adaab in Bastakiya during the week. The festival also runs membership scheme Festival Friends, which offers discounts on tickets and more.
Dhs40-400. March 5-9. Various locations, www.eaifl.com.

Flash Back on Photography
Featuring the work of renowned photojournalists including Sebastião Salgado, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Willy Ronis, as well as contemporaries Andreas Gursky, Cedric Delsaux, Murat Germen, Amr Fekry, Claudio Cocciadiferro, Paul Seux, Kelly Brbich, Michel Dubois and Valerie Le Fevre. The images depict nature, world events, still life and culture.
Until March 11. Pro Art Gallery, Palm Strip Mall, Beach Road, Jumeirah (04 345 0900).

From Past to Present
This solo exhibition features recent works by Iranian artist Salar Ahmadian. His text-based paintings show the artist as more than just a calligrapher.
Until March 12. Etemad Gallery, Unit 12, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 8649).

Thursday 28

Direction
New York abstract artist Peter Halley presents ‘Doorway and Conduit’, which focuses on the architecture of the Kaaba, a cuboid building in Mecca, the most sacred site in Islam.
Until March 15. Mottahedan Projects, Al Joud Centre, Al Quoz 1 (04 380 5525).

Women in Art VIII
This exhibition aims to promote female artists living in the UAE. Ten women from seven different countries within Dubai’s art community display their works at the gallery.
Until March 11. Courtyard Gallery, Street 6, Al Quoz 3 (04 347 9090).

Friday March 1
An American Index of the Hidden and Unfamiliar/Contraband
This solo exhibition by American artist Taryn Simon features a selection of two bodies of work, and examines the hidden elements that contribute to modern American culture. The artist gained access to a nuclear waste plant in the US, the art collection of the CIA and the cage of mentally retarded tiger Kenny, who is disabled due to selective inbreeding.
Until May 6. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai (04 447 7026).

Saturday 2

Film analysis course at Star Too
Running every Saturday for eight weeks, this workshop is inspired by the curriculum of Film Foundation founded by Martin Scorsese. The course will reveal how to see through the hidden layers of film and understand the impact that movies have on our lives and cultures.
Dhs1,200. Sat 3pm-5pm. Until April 27. info@startoodubai.com (050 561 4297).

Sunday 3

Paper
Artists including Anish Kapoor, Walid Siti, Imran Channa, Debjani Bhardwaj and Mohsen Ahmadvand celebrate the underrated medium of paper and explore their own connection to it in this colourful exhibition.
Until March 13. XVA Gallery, Gate Village Building 7, DIFC (04 358 5117).

The Istanbul Portfolio
A collaboration between Opera Gallery and Turkish gallery ON Istanbul, this show features emerging and established Turkish artists including Ali Alisir, Sencer Vardarman, Hayal Incedogan, Olcay Kus and Kemal Seyhan.
Until March 14. Opera Gallery, DIFC (04 323 0909).

Wild Things
Showcasing the works of more than 20 UAE-based illustrators, this show explores the art of illustration, the skills, talent and creative minds behind the profession, and prompts discussions on whether illustration belongs in a gallery as well as role of technology in art.
Until February 28. FN Designs, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 379 0490).

Monday 4

Automatic Assembly Actions
A solo exhibition of works by Stuttgart-based Iranian video installation artist Anahita Razmi, covering themes such as art history, politics and cultural spheres.
Until March 14. Carbon 12, Unit D37, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 340 6016).

Aware
A collaboration with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), this exhibition aims to raise awareness of starvation in the region. It features artworks by emerging and established Middle Eastern artists across various mediums.
Until March 7. The Farjam Collection, Gate Village 4, DIFC (04 323 0303).

Creative writing course with Hayley Doyle
Need to get the creative juices flowing? Get ideas on tap with this six-week writing course with professional writer, novelist and actress Hayley Doyle. Each 90-minute session looks at ways to write short stories and strategies to develop your own unique style, giving you the tools to extract the novel within you.
Dhs750 for six 90-minute sessions. Mon 7.30pm. Until April 15. Traffic, 179 Umm Suqeim Road, Al Quoz (04 347 0209).

Les Contradictions de la Vie
In this vibrant show, Geneva-based Senegalese artist Cheikhou Ba delves deeper into the perceptions, attitudes and ambiguities that inform and shape the human condition.
Until February 28. The Mojo Gallery, 33 Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1 (04 347 7388).

Tuesday 5

A Taste of Travel
This exhibition features a collection of travel photographs from the Lonely Planet archives, plus the winners of an amateur photography competition in which members of the UAE public submitted photographs themed around one of four categories: nature, architecture, landscape and people.
Until March 7. Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 308 0000).

King Give Us Soldiers
Hungarian painter Zsolt Bodoni’s first solo exhibition in Dubai features works that relate to power and society. Using inspiration from books, history and his own childhood, his detailed paintings are almost photo-like.
Until March 3. Green Art Gallery, Alserkal Avenue, Street 8, Al Quoz 1 (04 346 9305).

Olympia by Bryan Ferry
A series of limited-edition prints of versions of English singer Bryan Ferry’s Roxy Music album covers, created between 1972 and 1982, plus solo album covers featuring supermodel Kate Moss.
Until February 28. Salsali Private Museum, Alserkal Avenue (04 380 9600).

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